The 62nd anniversary of Indian Independence Day was celebrated at Noklak under Tuensang district with Nuklutoshi Longkumer, MLA and Chairman for NIDC & NHL and DPDB, Mokokchung as the chief guest.
While addressing the mammoth gathering, the chief guest said that the law and order situation in the state has improved considerably with the sustained support of the Hohos, churches, civil societies and concerned citizens which has visibly reduced factional clashes and loss of lives. He said that the state government remains steadfast in its commitment to playing the role of an active facilitator to the peace process between the Nagas and the Central Government. He also highlighted that the government has fulfilled its promise of taking administration to the doorsteps of the people particularly in the backward areas and of improving the delivery of the government’s programmes and services.
Speaking on the developmental works and schemes, Nuklutoshi highlighted that the Integrated Infrastructure Development (IID) Centre under Industries and Commerce at Kiruphema will provide all basic resources to entrepreneurs willing to start an industrial enterprise.
Alluding to the recent notification of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India that 50.70 hectares at Ganeshnagar under Dhansiri sub division, Dimapur as Sector Specific Special Economic Zone (SEZ) with NIDC as the developer, he said that setting up of the SEZ for agro and food processing sector will be a major boost for the farmers of Nagaland. He also said that SEZ being the first in the entire Northeast was expected to attract number of investors.
The chief guest pointed out that under the Local Area Development Programme (LADP), the government continues to emphasize on proper implementation of various projects and schemes and has decided to increase the LADP allocation from Rs 45 crores during 2008 – 09 to Rs 60 crores during 2009 – 10 per constituency. He also said that during 2009 – 10, the state government shall give Old Age Pension to 40,462 senior citizens aged 65 years or higher @ Rs 300/- per pensioner per month by pooling together the Central scheme and the State scheme.
While speaking on the improvement of road network, he said that a number of new road projects and improvements are being taken up in the state.
The function also included special presentations including patriotic song by St Paul School, aerobic display by Holy Angel’s School, martial art display by Teakwondo Association, Noklak and cultural dance by Khiamniungan Women Cultural group. The function was compered by Ms. K. Chongliu and P. Simon.
Meanwhile, Independence day was also celebrated at Longkhim, Tuensang with L Temjen Jamir, Advisor Nagaland Bamboo Development Agency as the chief guest. Parade contingents of various groups including, VGs, High School Students, various cultural club took active part on the day. In spite of bad weather large number of public including the government servant attended the function.
Rotary Club of Dimapur also celebrated Independence Day by launching series of programs. As per the directives of the District Administration, the club visited Central Jail, Dimapur and distributed fruits and other eatables to 367 inmates. Various tree saplings consisting of ornamental trees and fruit were planted. The club provided two numbers of four way test board and displayed at Central Jail entrance and other for the prisoner. The club also handed over a death claim benefit to the deceased sister Ganga Chetri amounting to Rs 25,000/- in form of FDR in a function conducted at Durga Mandir hall Gautam Bosti on Saturday evening. Rotarians also distributed exercise book to 32 students and felicitated teacher /instructor who conducted the camp and imparted knowledge on 3R. The whole programme was organized under the leadership of President Rtn. NRC Nair.
Further, commemorating the Independence Day celebration, the NPF youth wing Dimapur distributed food items to all patients and young orphans at Civil Hospital Dimapur and Orphanage Wondang Ki.
NPF youth wing has expressed gratitude to Dr. Temsu and nurses for assisting their works, proprietor of Wongdang Ki Thungdemo Kikon and his wife for taking care of the young orphans, Lok Sabha MP Khekiho Zhimomi and advisor of cooperative and sericulture Azheto Zhimomi for assisting the youth wing financially.